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Closing the Swanton Public Library

Swanton Public Library will be closing as of Tuesday, March 17th, at 7PM. Barring further developments we will reassess and reopen on Monday, April 6th at 2PM. This greatly saddens all of us here, but I believe the best public service that the Library can offer at this time is to help mitigate the spread…
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COVID-19 and the Swanton Public Library

The Swanton Public Library is a central community hub for the town and village – an honor, but also a concern during a public health crisis like the one the country is currently facing. COVID-19 is not the flu. It is deadlier, especially to vulnerable populations. Additionally, due to the lack of testing kits available…
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Harry Potter Night 2020

Harry Potter Night is, without a doubt, our favorite event of the year. We spend months mulling over what we want to do, new crafts and booths to try, tweaks to our characters or setpieces. This year we’re making HPN a little more interactive: students can earn House Points which will be tallied at the…
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Book Review | How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse By K. Eason Reviewed by Rebecca Rupp Imagine The Princess Bride – but with fairies, multiple planets, political plots, and social media. Rory Thorne is the first princess born to her family in centuries – traditionally, they produce nothing but boys – and, traditionally, girls get a Naming ceremony, in which…
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Cast On, Bind Off! The Knitting Circle is Here.

I’m not going to spin you a long yarn, or needle you with all the knitty gritty details – you’ve got places to be and don’t want the wool pulled over your eyes. The Knitting Circle is pretty cool (I’m out of puns). They’ve been making a lot of hats, a blanket, I’ve heard tell…
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New on the Shelves | September

A selection of new books, but come visit to check out everything that’s new on the shelves! – the Librarians The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman Permanent Record by Edward Snowden The Dutch House by Ann Patchett The Education of…
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Book Review | The Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (based on a shamefully true story) is about a reform school for boys in the 1960s where the laws of the Jim Crow South never died, and where the black children consigned there were abused, beaten, and at times murdered. This we learn within the first few pages. There…
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Book Review | The Testaments

The Testaments Margaret Atwood Sequels (or prequels) – we all know this – are often a disaster. Look at Alexandra Ripley’s Scarlett, the awful attempt at a follow-up for Gone With the Wind.  At Lois Lowry’s ruinous sequels to The Giver.  At Harper Lee’s Go Tell a Watchman, a book which she obviously never wanted to see the light…
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Book Review | Hollow Kingdom

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton The world as we know it has ended, and the apocalypse is narrated by S.T. (for Shit Turd), a brilliant, if extremely profane, domesticated crow. S.T.’s owner, Big Jim, has succumbed to the deadly virus that is turning all humans into zombies. So S.T. – along with Dennis, an…
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Afterschool at the Library!

Hoo boy! Summer is not officially over but, yeah, it’s over. We know the school year can be difficult, so we’re trying to regularize our afterschool programs: Monday through Wednesday, 3:30 – 5:30. For more information on programs and how to sign up for bussing from the school to the library, click HERE.